October 2 2013
photo by Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
This commentary appeared on U.S. News & World Report on October 2, 2013.
For anyone who follows Myanmar, the unprecedented domestic changes that have been witnessed since 2011 are nothing short of remarkable. The United States, to its credit, has welcomed these reforms and has made efforts of its own to start reaching out to a country that for many years was run by one of the most brutal and repressive governments in the world. Indeed, President Barack Obama has already made Myanmar one of his administration's top foreign policy priorities in Southeast Asia.
It is critical that the United States retain this focus, as there are numerous challenges that could yet upset Myanmar's “rehabilitation” in global affairs. Initiating a process to remove sanctions, even if this takes time, would be a good start.